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Abstract

This is an illuminated and illustrated copy of the poem Sūz va gudāz (Burning and melting) by Nawʿī Khabūshānī (d. 1019 AH / 1610 CE), which recounts the love story of a Hindu girl who burns herself on the funeral pyre of her betrothed. The codex was written in nastaʿlīq in black ink by Ibn Sayyid Murād al-Ḥusaynī and illustrated by Muḥammad ʿAlī Mashhadī in 1068 AH / 1657 CE. According to the colophon, Ibn Sayyid Murād al-Ḥusaynī copied the manuscript for the painter Muḥammad ʿAlī, the “Mani of the time,” as a “souvenir.” The fact that the manuscript was produced for one of the most prolific artists of seventeenth-century Iran makes it a highly significant document. It opens with an illuminated incipit with headpiece (fol. 1b) and closes with an illuminated tailpiece with colophon (fol. 21b). Text pages have interlinear illumination and small rectangular and triangular pieces with polychrome floral and scrolling vine motifs. There are eight miniatures in a style associated with the Safavid centers of artistic production of Mashhad and Isfahan (fols. 5a, 9a, 10b, 13a, 14a, 16a, 17b, and 19b).

Hand note

Written in nastaʿlīq script in black ink

Decoration Note

Eight miniatures (fols. 5a, 9a, 10b, 13a, 14a, 16a, 17b, and 19b); illuminated incipit with headpiece (fol. 1b); illuminated tailpiece with colophon (fol. 21b); interlinear illumination; framing lines in blue, gold, and red; small rectangular and triangular pieces with polychrome floral and scrolling vine motif on gold ground on text pages

Contributors

artist: Muḥammad ʿAlī Naqqāsh Mashhadī

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Cataloger: Landau, Amy

Cataloger: Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Barrera, Christina

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Simpson, Shreve

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Jewell, Stephanie

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Richard, Francis. Splendeurs persanes: manuscrits du XIIe au XVIIe siècle. (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, 1997), 220.


Farhad, Massumeh. “Searching for the New: Later Safavid Painting and the Suz u Gawdaz (Burning and Melting) by Naw`i Khabushani.” Journal of the Walters Art Museum 51 (2001): 115-130.


These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

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Lower board outside

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Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Previous binding upper board outside

Previous binding upper board inside

Previous binding lower board inside

Previous binding lower board outside

Previous binding spine

Keywords
Calligraphy
Colophon
Illustration
India
Iran
Islamic
Mughal
Persian
Safavid

Origin Place

Iran

Date

1st Ṣafar 1068 AH / November 1657 CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Modern western black leather binding (without flap); earlier red goatskin binding with gold-tooled frames attributable to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE housed separately

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

← search Burning and melting W.649

Origin Place

Iran

Date

1st Ṣafar 1068 AH / November 1657 CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This is an illuminated and illustrated copy of the poem Sūz va gudāz (Burning and melting) by Nawʿī Khabūshānī (d. 1019 AH / 1610 CE), which recounts the love story of a Hindu girl who burns herself on the funeral pyre of her betrothed. The codex was written in nastaʿlīq in black ink by Ibn Sayyid Murād al-Ḥusaynī and illustrated by Muḥammad ʿAlī Mashhadī in 1068 AH / 1657 CE. According to the colophon, Ibn Sayyid Murād al-Ḥusaynī copied the manuscript for the painter Muḥammad ʿAlī, the “Mani of the time,” as a “souvenir.” The fact that the manuscript was produced for one of the most prolific artists of seventeenth-century Iran makes it a highly significant document. It opens with an illuminated incipit with headpiece (fol. 1b) and closes with an illuminated tailpiece with colophon (fol. 21b). Text pages have interlinear illumination and small rectangular and triangular pieces with polychrome floral and scrolling vine motifs. There are eight miniatures in a style associated with the Safavid centers of artistic production of Mashhad and Isfahan (fols. 5a, 9a, 10b, 13a, 14a, 16a, 17b, and 19b).

Hand note

Written in nastaʿlīq script in black ink

Decoration Note

Eight miniatures (fols. 5a, 9a, 10b, 13a, 14a, 16a, 17b, and 19b); illuminated incipit with headpiece (fol. 1b); illuminated tailpiece with colophon (fol. 21b); interlinear illumination; framing lines in blue, gold, and red; small rectangular and triangular pieces with polychrome floral and scrolling vine motif on gold ground on text pages

References

Contributors

artist: Muḥammad ʿAlī Naqqāsh Mashhadī

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Cataloger: Landau, Amy

Cataloger: Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Barrera, Christina

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Simpson, Shreve

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Jewell, Stephanie

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Richard, Francis. Splendeurs persanes: manuscrits du XIIe au XVIIe siècle. (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, 1997), 220.


Farhad, Massumeh. “Searching for the New: Later Safavid Painting and the Suz u Gawdaz (Burning and Melting) by Naw`i Khabushani.” Journal of the Walters Art Museum 51 (2001): 115-130.


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Previous binding upper board outside

Previous binding upper board inside

Previous binding lower board inside

Previous binding lower board outside

Previous binding spine

Keywords
Calligraphy
Colophon
Illustration
India
Iran
Islamic
Mughal
Persian
Safavid
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